9.28.12 - 9.30.12
Oh my goodness, for my love affair with elephants and how adorable they are, this was the most exciting stop for me! Amboseli is known for being the elephant safari capital. It's a very small park compared to Masai Mara and can easily be covered in a day. Each movement was worth capturing on camera but none of the pics do justice. The baby elephants were absolutely adorable. In general they are very fascinating animals, I couldn't keep track of all the interesting things we learned, they sleep while standing up, their eye site is terrible, they have amazing memories, they use their tusks as tools, and they are the strongest animals in the wild. The sheer size of even the babies is enormous in weight!
The park itself was unique compared to the other safaris, much drier and a warmer climate. There was a big swamp in the park which the animals come to for water and food. It allowed for great pics as you could capture them in large groups.
The lodge we stayed in was the most beautiful by far of all the places we stayed in amboseli. We slept in nice set up tents and woke up to views of Mount Kilimanjaro in the morning. Interestingly, although it sits in Tanzania you can only see it from Kenya and seeing it clearly is never a guarantee. We got pretty lucky the two mornings we woke up to it!
This marks the end of an amazing first safari experience. Kenya is a beautiful country with an amazing warmth to it. We met some local Masai and they told us to say hi to michelle, Sasha, and malia and we promised to do so
Next stop Tanzania for part two of our safari excursion.